Pittsburgh comedian Matt Light doesn’t have to be reminded that cancer is no laughing matter.
After the frightening health journey he has been on for the past year, the West View native and 2007 North Hills High School graduate knows that well.
Yet, Light, 24, has found surprising strength in the dark humor he has mined and shared with his audiences while successfully battling a fairly advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
When the bad news from test results came via phone last July — during an open-mic comedy night he was emceeing at the BeerHive in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, no less — it hit him hard. He told co-owner Joe Robl that he had to leave, immediately went home and stared at the floor for three hours, contemplating the worst.